We Are All His Children

James, our son, adopted from Ethiopia, is our great joy. He is 6 years old now. He was 9 months old when we brought him home, two long months since we first saw his photo in our inbox. We heard the news that someone in Spain possibly forged documents...and the entire adoption machine in Ethiopia stopped until the police investigation was complete. We asked our church to pray. God heard our prayers and 7 weeks later we were on our way to get our son! Read more...

6 Things You Can do When Your Children Embarass You

Did I really say that?!  Have you ever been embarrassed or ashamed of your child’s behavior?  Have they begged, pleaded and cried for something in the grocery store or in the Mall?  Has your child ever disrespected you in front of company? Or done some crazy thing like jump from the edge of the couch onto your visitor's lap? Read more...

The Easiest Craft/Treat You Will Ever Make

Since my kids are little and I am far from a crafty mom, easy and non-messy are key for me when I put together fun family activities. So, here we go...an EASY craft/treat (yes, a two for one. I'm efficient too). Shout out to my MIL for introducing me to this idea. Read more...

A 6-Word Phrase That Can Change Your Family’s Faith

Plus, Enter to Win Kara's New Book

Perhaps your children have the same continuum of crying as ours. On one end of the continuum is fake tears. Next comes “I’m tired” crying. Followed by “I think you won’t punish me if I cry” tears. Then “I’m mad or sad or scared and need you” tears. And finally “the world is ending and I can’t stop crying” waterworks. One Tuesday morning, Krista’s tears pegged the last. Our then eight-year-old walked into our bedroom in full-blown, wet-faced panic. Read more...

By the Light of A Candle

I am sitting here in the dark with only the light of a flickering candle. The power is out again. There is no TV, no internet, and no phone. A lot has happened in the last few days and I have purposely kept myself too busy to process it all. And, now I long for the screens of my tech devices to turn my brain to mush. I want to pin craft ideas until my eyes cross. I want to read Facebook posts and check out the latest Instagram pictures. I want to watch an entire season of something on Roku until I’m too exhausted to think. But, all of these options have disappeared and I am left with only a sleeping household and a little candle for company. I can feel my anxiety level rise. Read more...

Adoption is a Beautiful Struggle

Everyone’s journey to becoming parents is unique and special in their own way; however our journey to becoming parents was a journey that we never expected. About 5 years ago my husband & I found out that we would be unable to have biological children. We were sad but ultimately felt God leading us to adopt. 8 months later we were “officially” on the adoption waiting list. This meant at any moment we could get the call we had been waiting for, either you have been chosen by a Birthmother who is due soon or you were chosen to parent this baby that has already been born. "I believe they are the right adoptive parents for my unborn child.” Read more...

You'll Never Understand...Until You're a Mom

Why We Should Banish This Phrase

I had to bite my tongue. The conversation was veering off into a place of divisiveness. And as the only parent in the discussion, I wanted to play my trump card. “You’ll never understand until you’re a mom.” But I took a deep breath, swallowed those words, and let the conversation continue. I wasn’t going to go there. Read more...

Tearing Down Walls With Our Children

If you want to ruin your kids, all you have to do is pretend you are perfect. Appear before everyone as perfect. Love the praise of men. Expect so much more from others than yourself. Act nice outside the home, but harsh and mean inside the home. Our kids can smell this deception a mile away. Read more...

Healing Invisible Wounds

“Invisible wounds are the hardest to heal,….their closure depends on the love of others,….and patience, and understanding, and…. the tender gift of time.“ -Jennifer Worth "Call the Midwife" When we adopted our oldest son at 4, we knew some of the names doctors used for mental illness. Syndrome. Disorder. But, it's nice to call it something. I called it, “Dennis the Menace times ten!” or “All afterburner and no rudder, the boy has no governor!” I didn’t know how true this was. Read more...

Gingerbread Biscotti

More times that I can count, I’ve asked one of my girlfriends what her favorite food is and with a sheepish smile, she’s asked me if coffee counts. Oh yes, and can she choose something sweet, too? I write this with my favorite blanket thrown over my shoulders. The days are growing colder and darker and now is the perfect time to make our houses feel cozy. We need to light a candle, put on some good music and then bravely invite a friend and her kids in for a simple visit. Before having 3 kids in five years, I thought that these visits needed to be fancy. Oh, I was so wrong. I can’t do fancy anymore, you guys. But, I can do real and I’ve found that when you keep it simple, you create an atmosphere that makes people feel like they belong. Read more...

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